Originally Posted by Chip
Yeah, if they kept it looking good, I think hybrid/electric would be okay, but I can't imagine anything on it would be easy to fix in the field. If anything on it took a dump on an expedition you'd probably be screwed.
Hmm...I think of a world where 40kW motors weighing 60lbs come straight from China into shelves in sub-saharan Africa. These motors are compact, require no fluids, and a random store in the middle of nowhere could fit several on a hand-made wood shelf.
Let's say that the 40kW motors are not available. What's left are 30lb 20kW motors designed to match the bolt pattern and shaft on your truck. Let's say your truck takes two motors. Your motor controller automatically adjusts, and you can limp forward to the next shop for your journey.
Besides the electric motor, which is in theory much, much, much more reliable than any dino motor, the battery is the only other weak spot. But think of charging it from a 10KW PV array erected by a remote sun-baked village, or a diesel generator.
I'm more bullish on electric, but that's just me.
But on the other hand, it could only be 10-15 years before the first commercial fusion power plants come online.
As an engineer, I find that prediction just a tad bit optimistic. I think it's going to be more like 40 or 50 years before reactor technology for even basic commercial
fusion comes online, and that's assuming we can even sort the tritium production problem, which is severe. But at least in the meantime, we can have free fusion energy from the big reactor in the center of our solar system